Nonesuch releases its second album by Grammy Award-winning singer/songwriter/guitarist Shawn Colvin
, Shawn Colvin Live
, on June 23, 2009. Recorded in 2008 during a special three-night solo engagement at San Francisco's famous jazz club, Yoshi's, Live includes twelve songs written or co-written by Colvin, as well as covers of songs by Robbie Robertson
, Gnarls Barkley
, and Talking Heads
. The record was co-produced by Colvin and longtime collaborator John Leventhal.
Colvin has been praised by audiences and critics for her live performances since the beginning of her career. The Lexington Herald Leader said of a recent concert, "Who knew? After establishing herself as one of the pre-eminent folk/pop performers of the '90s, we discovered last night that Shawn Colvin is, at heart, an escape artist. For the better part of a very attractive 95-minute solo acoustic performance, the multi-Grammy-winning singer-songwriter offered music of departure-of fleeing old times, old towns and old flames. As the performance progressed, the vocal and emotive fragility that defined her early recordings eased off in favor of tunes that displayed a darker but more assured sense of drama."
This summer, Colvin continues to tour-along with label mate Emmylou Harris
, Patty Griffin
, and Buddy Miller
- as The Three Girls and their Buddy, with some solo dates along the way. Colvin also returns to Yoshi's in the fall for a four-night engagement, following last year's sold-out run at which this recording was made.
A three-time Grammy-winner, Shawn Colvin has released eight albums to date, including the platinum A Few Small Repairs
which featured the hit song "Sunny Came Home." Colvin's songs have been included on many motion picture soundtracks and she has also made appearances in films, on television, and on the stage.
Colvin's most recent album, These Four Walls
, (Nonesuch, 2006), was lauded by People magazine as "the most self-assured album of her career" and called "one for the ages" by the Washington Post
. The Austin-American Statesman
called it "an exquisite portrait of strength and vulnerability." She recently signed a deal with Harper Collins Publishers to write a memoir, which will be an extension of the intimate, personal, and often hilarious stories that she weaves into her live concerts.
Image © PhotorazziShawn Colvin Tour Dates
Friday, May 29: House of Blues, Atlantic City, NJ
Saturday, May 30: Ferguson Center for the Arts, Newport News, VA
Sunday, May 31: Wolf Trap, Vienna, VA
Tuesday, June 2: Wellmont theater, Montclair, NJ
Wednesday, June 3: The Pines theater at Look Park, Northampton, MA
Thursday, June 4: The Green at Shelburne Museum, Shelburne, VT
Friday, June 5: Massey Hall, Toronto, ON, Canada
Saturday, June 6: PNC Pavilion, Cincinnati, OH
Sunday, June 7: Ravinia Festival Pavilion, Highland Park, IL
Thursday, June 18: Telluride Bluegrass Festival, Shellman Memorial Stage, Telluride, CO
Tuesday, June 23: Humphrey's by the Bay, San Diego, CA
Wednesday, June 24: Greek theater, Los Angeles, CA
Thursday, June 25: Mountain Winery, Saratoga, CA
Saturday, June 27: Kate Wolf Fest, Laytonville, CA (SOLO)
Sunday, June 28: Black Oak Ranch, Laytonville, CA
Tuesday, June 30: Oaks Park, Portland OR
Wednesday, July 1: Woodland Park Zoo, Seattle, WA
Thursday, July 2: Woodland Park Zoo, Seattle, WA
Friday, July 3: Britt Fest, Jacksonville, OR
Thursday, July 16: Meadowbrook, Gilford, NH (SOLO, opening for Jackson Browne)
Friday, July 17: Stone Mountain Arts Center, Brownfield, ME (SOLO)
Saturday, July 18: Suicide Six Ski Resort, South Pomfret, VT (SOLO)
Sunday, July 19: Bank of America Pavilion, Boston, MA (SOLO, opening for Jackson Browne)
Tuesday, July 21: Ram's Head Tavern, Annapolis, MD (SOLO)
Monday, October 12-Thursday, October 15: Yoshi's, San Francisco, CA (SOLO)
* All shows part of Three Girls and their Buddy tour unless otherwise noted.